Brass Ensemble and Percussion (4:12) - January 2001
Having enjoyed writing the Jazz Suite and Jazz Sonata for brass quintet, I took on the challenge of a serious jazz chart for a full brass ensemble. Ultimately, there were still problems with balance -- something that could be solved with the addition of 2 more horns. Rehearsing this piece was a challenge in itself; especially when getting musicians with very small jazz backgrounds to swing and enjoy themselves.
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